Educators in Ontario Schools strive to help all learners to achieve
their potential in the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, cultural,
and moral development. As a Roman Catholic System, we are also
committed to the spiritual development of students. In the case of intellectually gifted learners, as with other exceptionalities,
learning experiences must be provided which challenge and stimulate their
exceptional abilities. Gifted learners require a qualitatively differentiated program
tailored to their individual needs. Differentiation in curriculum can take place in four areas: content, process, product
and evaluation. For gifted learners this will involve modifications to the kind, breath,
depth and pace of these experiences. The main focus of a gifted student’s program
should be on developing self-esteem, skills in problem solving, independent study,
research, creative and critical thinking. Encouraging gifted students as learners and
producers of knowledge will challenge them to develop their abilities for both personal
fulfillment and the benefit of society. Exceptional pupils require special education programs, which are designed to help them
attain these goals by recognizing and programming for their specific needs which are
delineated by an Identification, Placement and Review Committee of the Board.
The Ministry of Education, in the Education Act, defines Giftedness as, "An unusually
advanced degree of general intellectual ability that requires differentiated learning
experiences of a depth and breadth beyond those normally provided in the regular
school program to satisfy the level of educational potential indicated." From the Ministry's definition, the aim of our program is, "to encourage gifted learners
to function with competence, integrity, and joy, as active, independent, creative, and
productive people in their societies." To facilitate this process, the teacher and school
system need to be able to identify these students.
The Infinite Horizons Program allows Gifted Learners from several or all of our schools
to come together to intensely explore topics/themes/ideas in collaborations with peers
of like ability. The programs are developed by the Huron-Perth C.D.S.B. Gifted Education
Team to provide an innovative learning experience within a cross-curricular approach.
Cooperative problem-solving and inquiry skills are promoted while increasing the students
awareness of, and respect for, multi-cultural perspectives. Please view Huron-Perth's Plan for Gifted Learners for further information.
Ontario Gifted Resources and Information for Parents of Gifted Children The Association for Bright Children of Ontario Think Quest Canadian Space Agency Multiple Intelligences Survey
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